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From notational forward, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa’s poetry has moved to a place in which the territory between poem and book have blurred, even as the writing and Joritz-Nakagawa’s perceptions have sharpened. distant landscapes demonstrates the deep and entirely pleasurable presences that become possible in this middle terrain. At core, Joritz-Nakagawa is more a descriptive poet, but without the austerity that so often accompanies that aesthetic, than a metaphoric one. My favorite moments – there are many – come when she builds a rapid fire linkage of seeming opposites into larger structures that feel deeply inevitable, like life itself. This is an excellent text to share with a lover in bed, or take with you for a walk in the forest.
Woman, forest, mountains, tree, rabbit, owl. Woman “marries the tree but [has] sex with the river.” The elements of her isolation redound and repeat, suggesting narratives and then taking them away. Both tree and woman write verse. But even in this wood, “civilized” world intrudes: “another beheading / another beheading,” and the poet cannot separate forest from city streets. There is nowhere to rest on this pendulum, one Joritz-Nakagawa describes so well. So hang on to a near branch and read!
–Susan M. Schultz
“distant landscapes” is a work of surprising feeling notated in rhythmic percepts. In these landscapes, the body changes, shrinks, explodes, returns. Joritz-Nakagawa’s latest book crystallizes her paratactic, phenomenological method into reverberative textual loci of experience that I find immersive and thrilling. “bumper crop / happen stance” – it’s expressions like these that mark Joritz-Nakagawa as a radical pointillist in poetry, but so often replacing the visual with an eternal collision of being with time, the text pixel merging in mutual transformation with phenomena, regarded in a zig-zagging, but intimate, poetic style.